Category Archives: Resume Writing

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Your Resume Has Little Work Experience? Follow These Tips To Get a Job

Guest Author: Joe Flanagan One of the most difficult aspects of finding a job for the first time is the catch 22 situation that you have no work experience. It’s a burden on millions of young job seekers but there are ways to window dress your resume to get that job. 1) Think about your extra-curricular activities Life doesn’t start […]

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Resume Phrases – Resident Assistant

residence_lifeAs a resident assistant, the work you do is vital to your residents and your campus, but sometimes, capturing the richness of your experience on a resume can be challenging. Here are a handful of sample resume phrases to help you describe your Resident Assistant experience: (more…)

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Quick Tips: Save backup copies of your resume!

Don't PanicYou work so hard to tailor your resume for each specific position. You word-smith and tweak, re-size and fuss until it is absolutely perfect. You submit the resume for the job and follow up with the employer a few days later, only to receive awful news. The file got corrupted somehow and they couldn’t read your resume!! You tell them it’s not a problem and that you’ll re-submit right away, but quickly discover that your resume file is completely corrupted on your hard drive!

To avoid the scenario above, here are some tips to ensure you always have backups of your resume. Some of these tips may seem over the top, but if you ever find yourself in a situation where your computer has failed or your file has been corrupted and you need to re-send your resume to an employer, you will appreciate having extra copies available. Many of these tips can also be applied to your cover letters, and to any other important documents.

  • Don’t just save over older versions of your resume whenever you tailor a new version for a new job. Save a brand new document, naming it lastname_resume_jobtitle_company.docx
  • Save the final copy (the one you submitted for the job) in a few different locations, such as:
    • on your hard drive,
    • on a USB key or other portable drive,
    • in a cloud service (such as Dropbox, Google Drive, Box, iCloud, etc.), and
    • email it to yourself and save the email in a folder called “Application Materials.”
  • Keep your LinkedIn profile up-to-date. This is a good idea for any job seeker, but if you find you’ve lost your resume file, you can pull information from your profile as a last resort.
  • If your school has a career management tool, take advantage of the option to upload different versions of your resume to your account.
  • Finally, for a low-tech back-up solution, keep printouts of your tailored resumes with the name of the company to which it had been sent, written in pencil, in a corner on the back.

Recovering your file
If you find you’ve already lost your resume and are desperate to get it back, there are a couple of options: (more…)

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Resume Phrases – Retail Associate

For many, retail jobs are the first opportunity to gain work experience, but many college students and recent grads are unsure of how to incorporate this valuable experience onto the résumé, especially if retail is not their long term career goal. Here are some sample résumé phrases that may help: Learned full range of ______ product line in order to […]

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